U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    After Complaints from Red Hook, Contaminated Sludge From Gowanus Canal Will Not Become Glorious Sludge Island

    In ten years or so, the fragrant banks of the Gowanus Canal may smell less like supercharged sewage, while the waters might lose their pus-addled-Ninja-Turtle hue. The Environmental Protection Agency announced their final plans yesterday to clean up the canal, a process that's expected to take aroun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    The Gowanus Canal Is Terrifying, Filled With Shipwrecks and Will Cost Millions to Clean Up

    Sometime very soon, the Environmental Protection Agency will release its final plan on how to clean up the incredibly polluted Gowanus Canal, a process that's expected to take years and cost $550 million. In the meantime, stop fishing there. No, seriously, that's something that people are still doin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    EPA Grants New York $340 Million To Clean Up Sandy's Watery Mess

    When President Obama signed the $60 billion Sandy relief package into law back in February, the monies were given specific designations to where and what it would be spent on. The Environmental Protection Agency had claim to the post-Sandy environmental damages. As a result, the bill outsourced the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    UPDATE: There's a Dolphin Stranded in the Gowanus Canal

    View more videos at: Update 4: Well, we've finally found out why no one's sending a team of divers jump into the canal and guide the dolphin to safety before it dies. They're not allowed. "Unfortunately, all we can do is watch and wait for the tide to rise, so the animal can ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    The Gowanus Canal Cleanup Will Cost Half a Billion Dollars

    The Environmental Protection Agency released its plan for cleaning up the Gowanus Canal Superfund site yesterday, and as expected, the process is going to be complicated, time-consuming, and mind-bogglingly expensive. Since its completion in the 1860s, the Gowanus has been the home of virtually eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Drug Resistant Head Lice: Here's Something Else To Worry About!

    The good news: Drug resistant head lice will not eat your brain! The bad news: Drug resistant head lice might actually be a thing! An item posted today on the Greening the Apple, the Environmental Protection Agency's New York City blog, suggests that these nasty bugs have gotten better at doing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    Fracking Dangers: Does Hydraulic Fracturing Cause Deadly Lung Disease?

    As fracking spreads across the Marcellus shale formation and the rest of America with the White House's support, a government researcher has announced today that sand dust emitted during hydraulic fracturing might be one "of the most dangerous threats to workers." Citing a National Institute for Oc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    EPA Releases Report on Dangerous Dioxins After 27-Year Delay

    The Environmental Protection Agency has finally released its report on the non-cancer dangers of dioxins -- toxic chemicals that abound in most consumer products. Though health advocates have been wary of dioxins for years, the FDA has said after a nearly 3 decades-long delay that the nasty carcino ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Gasland Filmmaker Joshua Fox Arrested at Fracking Hearing, by Order of House Republicans

    In an unprecedented move, House Republicans had a filmmaker arrested yesterday after he showed up to a public congressional hearing. The House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment was meeting to discuss the controversial topic of hydraulic fracturing, colloquially known as "fracking." When Joshua ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Gross Gowanus Canal: Cleanup Conversations Continue

    ​The Gowanus Canal, which has the unique honor(?) of being one of the few water bodies in America that can kill a baby whale, might soon lose its century-old street cred as a cesspool for industrial waste. Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency met with area residents and shared its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Frack! EPA Voices Concerns About Hydraulic Fracturing

    The Environmental Protection Agency says that New York should set limits to the amount of radiation that can be in fracking wastewater before the drilling starts, according to The Associated Press [via The Wall Street Journal]. The EPA announcement comes just as the state's Department of Environme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Toxic PCBs Found in New York Public Schools

    alamosbasement​Low levels of PCBs, a chemical compound linked to cancer, have been found in public schools across New York. The New York Times reports leaky light ballasts are to blame. Parents are being told that there is no immediate danger, but that long-term exposure could increase health ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Gowanus Canal Is Totally Grody, Finds EPA

    ​After a yearlong evaluation of Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal, the EPA has released their report on the levels of contamination in the waterway. The results, published yesterday, aren't good for the Superfund site. Two suspected carcinogens -- PAHs and PCBs -- were found to be "widespread" in the ... More >>

  • Film

    September 15, 2010
  • Blogs

    August 2, 2010

    BP Ever So Slightly Vindicated for One Bad Thing

    ​Remember early on in the history of the oil spill (which started 105 days ago today)? Mistakes were being made so rapidly as to almost be comical, if not for all of those highly unfunny photos of birds doused in oil and the sinking feeling that the Gulf was destroyed forever. And then there w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    Today in Cool Things: Floating Swimming Pools!

    ​A group of architects and designers has come up with the (totally rad) idea of building a floating swimming pool ( Pool) somewhere around Manhattan. And it wouldn't just be one swimming pool, but four! We had a brief, crazy moment of thinking, "What's the point of having a pool if there's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2010

    Watch Sam Champion Take a Dive in the Oil-Infested Gulf (Video)

    ​If you had any doubt that oil and water don't mix ... here's your incontrovertible proof: Watch as Philippe Cousteau Jr. and Sam Champion "take a hazmat dive" into the Gulf -- a dip that seems to indicate that the toxic dispersant that BP has continued to use despite EPA demands doesn't even ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2009

    City Battles Bedbugs with Board

    The city is finally confronting its greatest menace: bedbugs. After hearings on the growing pestilence, the city council has called for a Bed Bug Advisory Board. Its sometimes poetic bill finds "that the Cimex lectularius population is ubiquitous and affects the quality of life of residents througho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2008

    Governor Proclaims "Change a Light Day New York"

    It's good to know that in these times of crisis, our elected officials maintain a healthy sense of perspective. Governor Paterson proclaims today, October 1, "Change a Light Day New York," and with the York State Energy Research and Development Authority encourages you to switch to compact fluoresc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2008
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    July 15, 2008

    Waste Deep in the Big Muddy: Reps Seek Superfund for Newtown Creek

    Green Brooklyn applauds Representatives Anthony Weiner's and Nydia Velazquez's letter to the EPA, which asks the agency to "conduct preliminary tests at Newtown Creek" with an eye toward getting Superfund money to clean up what is generally referred to as the Greenpoint Oil Spill. As Green Brookly ... More >>

  • News

    September 4, 2007
  • News

    March 6, 2007
  • News

    February 27, 2007

    The Haze Over 43rd Street

    Will the New York Times ever own up to the failures of its early ground zero health coverage?

  • News

    February 13, 2007

    While Schumer Slept

    For five years, New York's senior senator said nothing about the toxic cloud that hung over his own constituents.

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2006

    NY Pans Another EPA 9-11 Plan

    (Photo by Holly Northrop/ It seems the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has done it again, offering yet another false assurance to New Yorkers about fallout from the 9/11 terrorist attacks. At least, that's how many people who live and work in downtown Manhattan have come to vie ... More >>

  • News

    November 21, 2006

    Death by Dust

    The frightening link between the 9-11 toxic cloud and cancer

  • Art

    November 7, 2006

    The Starting Line

    At Baruch, campus entrepreneurs scratch their itch to get businesses off the ground

  • News

    February 14, 2006

    Truth Out

    Sick of being lied to by the EPA, 9-11 plaintiffs use the courts to force the answers they seek

  • People

    January 10, 2006

    Mercury in Fish? Baloney!

    Lobbyist tells pregnant women to eat more tuna

  • News

    December 13, 2005

    EPA Screws New York

    New plan for cleaning up 9-11 toxins worse than the old one

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2005

    Breathing Acid? That's So 2003!

    One couldn't actually see or smell the trimethylbenzene and zinc compounds up in the Bronx, but according to the Environmental Protection Agency's Toxic Release Inventory, those chemicals were there in 2003, just like Brooklyn had its share of ammonia and toluene, Manhattan enjoyed a little sulfuric ... More >>

  • News

    December 6, 2005

    Still Dusted

    Clinton, Nadler call for investigation of EPA response to 9-11

  • News

    November 29, 2005

    Open and Shut

    Four years later, we still have ten big questions

  • Specials

    October 18, 2005

    The 10 Ways Bush Screwed New York

    A presidential potpourri of cuts, blunders, stonewalls, deceptions, and distractions

  • News

    September 20, 2005

    Storm Front

    In global warming's kitchen, hurricanes love the heat

  • News

    August 30, 2005


    Long after 9-11, some people say the dust is still making them sick. Now they want the EPA to do something about it.

  • News

    September 7, 2004

    Burning for Bush

    Misled over air quality, shortchanged in federal funding, union wants four more years

  • News

    August 17, 2004

    The 10 Ways Bush Screwed New York

    A presidential potpourri of cuts, blunders, stonewalls, deceptions, and distractions

  • News

    September 9, 2003

    Editorial Flip-Flop

    Daily News Revives Buried Scoop

  • News

    September 2, 2003

    Coal Dirt Cheap

    New EPA Rule Threatens to Increase Local Pollution

  • News

    July 8, 2003

    Spoon-Feeding Poison

    EPA Opens the Door to Testing Bug Killers on People

  • News

    March 11, 2003


    Tom Ridge's 'Crazy' Plan to Watch the Sky for Spores

  • News

    July 24, 2001

    Agent Orange, All Over Again

    EPA Stalled Resolution on Spraying in Colombia

  • News

    July 17, 2001

    Mutant Malathion

    How New York’s Mosquito-Spray Campaign Spawned a Deadly Neurotoxin

  • News

    April 24, 2001

    Sierra Club Scores Shrub's First 100 Days

    Prez Not All Bad on Environment. Just Mostly.

  • News

    March 20, 2001
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    November 9, 1999

    Alien Toxins

    Area 51's Sci-Fi Folklore Masks a Truly Spooky Reality

  • News

    August 10, 1999

    Read My Rips

    Clinton Confronts Governors

  • News

    March 9, 1999
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